Artfully Designed and Crafted Boats since 1978

Plans and Kits

Start with our precision CNC-cut hull kits and build out from there. For the adventurous woodsmith, we have plans available to guide you through a build you can truly call your own.

Devlin Custom Built Boats

Sam and his team of top-notch craftsmen can design and build the boat of your dreams. Literally. Dream it up, and they can deliver it in every detail.

Devlin Designing Boatbuilders

2424 Gravelly Beach Loop NW
Olympia, WA 98502


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Josephine for Sale – $26,000 Price Drop!

Josephine for Sale – $26,000 Price Drop!

Sam is offering his very own cruising and fully restored 1934 Northwest Salmon Troller for sale. Check out the many photos and detailed specs in the link to Josephine’s brochure. Price today: $99,900 Price was: $125,900

New Penny – Marsh Wren Gaff Sloop – 2017 – $10,000 Price Drop!

New Penny – Marsh Wren Gaff Sloop – 2017 – $10,000 Price Drop!

The Marsh Wren is a refined synthesis of a long history of sailboat design in a form that is small enough for convenience and large enough for an entire family as a daysailer. In cabin form, she’s capable of longer cruises. In either form, the Marsh Wren is a well balanced and efficient sailboat, light on the helm and easy to handle alone. Price today: $39,900. Reduced $!0,000 from $49,900.

Featured Design

Candlefish 16

The Candlefish 16 is a burdensome fishing skiff. Deep and seaworthy, it is wonderfully suited to life in our changeable weather and strong tides.
Getting Started

Polliwog 8

The Polliwog is a great entry into wooden boat building! With the Polliwog, we offer the amateur builder the opportunity to build a lightweight and strong dinghy or tender.

Power Cruisers


Fishing Boats

Work Boats


Rowing & Paddling

Devlin’s Boat Building Manual, 2023 revised edition, is a comprehensive how-to book on the Stitch-and-Glue technique. The first edition from 1996 sold more than 70,00 copies worldwide. 

Sam, along with many thousands of backyard boatbuilders who have built fine boats from his plans, are firmly convinced that the the Stitch-and-Glue method is the easiest and quickest way to build a strong, lightweight, low-maintenance wooden boat hull. This book is the essential companion to any of Sam’s plans – or the first step in turning a dream into a boat.

This book is now available from Devlin Boat.  Order here.

We ship only to the 48 contiguous states. For other destinations you can order the book from Amazon, They also will soon be offering Sam’s book in an “e-book” format.

About Devlin Boat Builders

This is where we encompass over forty years of focused development on a wide range of designs and the boating experiences they deliver, a uniquely evolved set of techniques to ensure a high quality, enduring vessel, and a sense of classic nautical design that manages to anchor in tradition while bringing the best of modern technology into your next boat.

Also, we invite you to register on the site and join the Devlin family discussion as we all find our way into the best of boating experiences on a Devlin designed boat.

Devlin boats last a very long time, and life is full of changes. We typically have a selection of “Pre-loved” Devlin boats available for purchase

Artfully Designed and Crafted Boats since 1978

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